Curriculum Overview

Curriculum Overview at Kent College Dubai

Kent College Dubai is a top British School in Dubai offering various graduation pathways including British National Curriculum A Levels, IBDP and BTEC.

Pupils enter the Senior School in Year 7, the first year of Key Stage 3 and graduate at the end of Year 13 which is the last year of Key Stage 5. CLICK HERE for more information about how most British Senior Schools in Dubai are structured as well as age guidelines per year group.

Key Stage 3 (KS3)

We are an IB World School offering a variety of curriculums throughout all year groups in the Senior School that supports our children in becoming knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

Our KS3 curriculum offers a breadth of subjects ensuring pupils have access to every subject area while consistently developing their critical thinking and communication skills. Although academic development is a core focus, pupils are also encouraged to reflect on their learning, take risks when appropriate and explore concepts and ideas that have a global significance. By the end of KS3, all of our pupils are prepared to take the next step in their GCSEs. 

Key Stage 4 (KS4)

Pupils continue on their academic journey and personal development while also preparing their (I)GCSE qualifications. While our core subjects remain central to the curriculum, pupils can now refine their option subjects to those they enjoy or wish to pursue in higher education. At this stage in their schooling, pupils are encouraged to take more responsibility for their learning, especially the need to manage coursework, projects and assessment dates.

Throughout all year groups pupils are expertly supported through our pastoral system, which is further catered towards the challenges pupils face as they enter examination years. Once they begin Year 11, pupils undertake specific career lessons which allow opportunities to research and explore Sixth Qualifications and potential degree courses or career pathways. 

Key Stage 5 (KS5)

We are very proud of our diverse pathways in KS5 as we aim to cater from every pupil’s needs and ambitions. The main three pathways are A Level qualifications, the IB Diploma Programme and the IB Careers-Related Programme.  (we are a candidate school or the IBCP). All three pathways offer routes to university but are structured in different ways. For those pupils looking for a more vocational graduation pathway, we offer BTEC in Business, Sports, or Performing Arts.  


More about our Sixth Form (KS5) Graduation Pathways:

A Levels British National Curriculum for England

International Baccalaureate IB Diploma Program

BTEC in Sports, Business and Performing Arts

Choosing the right course for you:

As one of the top schools in Dubai, Kent College Dubai offers multiple graduation pathways for our Sixth Form Students. We offer A Levels, the IB Diploma Programme and BTEC in Sports, Business or Performing Arts. Herewith a side-by-side comparison of our offerings. We also have a Careers Counsellors that can help you to make this choice based on what you plan to do after school:

A LevelIB DiplomaBTEC (Sports, Business or Performing Arts)
Students specialise in their chosen area of study, focusing only on their preferred subjects.Students gain a breadth of knowledge across the languages, social sciences, sciences, maths, and the arts.Students specialise in their chosen area of study, through vocational training and assessment.
Most students study four subjects in Year 12, and can reduce to three by Year 13.All students study six subjects and the DP core  over two years, three at higher level and three at standard level.Most students complete a Level 3 BTEC, which can be equivalent to 1, 2 or 3 A levels, depending on the number of units covered.
Students can expand their subject offering with the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ). This can be in the form of a dissertation, investigation, performance or artefact.The core subjects are the Extended Essay, Theory of Knowledge course (TOK) and the Creativity, Action, and Service programme (CAS). They support the development of links between the subject groups.Students can manage their BTEC qualification easily due to its modular makeup, and they are encouraged to  take advantage of the Sports Leaders Award, CAS and EPQ. 
Although there is no formal requirement for their academic programme, all A Level students take advantage of the wide variety of extracurricular programmes on offer.Through the CAS programme, students focus on personal development beyond the classroom through acts of creativity, service, and physical activity.Although there is no formal requirement for their academic programme, all BTEC students take advantage of the wide variety of extracurricular programmes on offer.
A-Levels are graded from A*-U.BTEC qualifications are marked from Distinction* to Pass.The IB Diploma is awarded out of a maximum of 45 points, with 7-1 points per subject, and ToK and EE count for 3 points.


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